Georgia Nursing Student Murder Suspect is Venezuelan Illegal Previously Arrested and Released in NYC

2024-02-24 09:00:03

This week, the body of a young woman was found on the campus of the University of Georgia. She was later identified as a 22 year-old Augusta University nursing student named Laken Riley.

Foul play was suspected.

FOX News reported:

Georgia nursing student found dead on UGA campus identified as Laken Riley

The Augusta University nursing student found dead on the University of Georgia’s campus Thursday has been identified as 22-year-old Laken Riley.

Augusta University President Brooks Keel said in a Friday statement the school extends its “deepest sympathies to the family of Laken Riley, a junior and Dean’s List student who studied at our campus in Athens.”

UGA said in a Friday statement that the school was “able to complete notification of the family in the death of the young woman whose body was found in the woods behind Lake Herrick yesterday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Laken Riley.”

“Laken was a student at UGA through Spring Semester 2023, prior to transferring to the Augusta University College of Nursing program at Athens, where she was currently enrolled,” the school said in a news release.

University police found Riley deceased with “visible injuries” in a forested area behind Lake Herrick around 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a friend called authorities to report that she left for a run Thursday morning and never returned. Investigators are investigating her death as a homicide.

The suspect in Riley’s murder was taken into custody Friday night. He is an illegal immigrant from Venezuela with at least one prior arrest.

The New York Post has more details:

Nursing student Laken Riley did not know suspected killer Jose Ibarra, who is not a US citizen: police

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murdering nursing student Laken Riley, whose body was found dead on the University of Georgia campus after going for a run, according to police.

Jose Antonio Ibarra was arrested on Friday for allegedly kidnapping and killing the 22-year-old Augusta University junior, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark told reporters at a press conference Friday night.

Ibarra was not a UGA student and is not a US Citizen, Clark said.

He and Riley had no prior relationship.

“He did not know her at all. I think this is a crime of opportunity where he saw an individual and bad things happened,” Clark said.

Riley, a dean’s list student and sorority member, was found dead with “visible injuries” in a wooded area near Lake Herrick around 12:38 p.m. Thursday.

Clark confirmed Friday that she died of “blunt force trauma.”

You can watch a press conference about the arrest below:

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